Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Judge Roberts, See Ya!
I first wrote about Judge John G. Roberts a week ago (Judge John 'Guarded' Roberts), but I believe that this will be the last time I ever have to write about him again.
Judge Roberts is done. Finished. Kaput. Not gonna happen.
At the LA Times, Jonathan Turley has written an editorial entitled "The Faith of John Roberts" which will pretty much destroy his chance to be nominated to the Supreme Court to replace Sandra Day O'Connor.
Faith-based judges can not be "strict constitutionalists" no matter how the GOP tries to spin it.
From Turley's op-ed:
"Judge John G. Roberts Jr. has been called the stealth nominee for the Supreme Court — a nominee specifically selected because he has few public positions on controversial issues such as abortion. However, in a meeting last week, Roberts briefly lifted the carefully maintained curtain over his personal views. In so doing, he raised a question that could not only undermine the White House strategy for confirmation but could raise a question of his fitness to serve as the 109th Supreme Court justice."
"The exchange occurred during one of Roberts' informal discussions with senators last week. According to two people who attended the meeting, Roberts was asked by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) what he would do if the law required a ruling that his church considers immoral. Roberts is a devout Catholic and is married to an ardent pro-life activist.".....
"Renowned for his unflappable style in oral argument, Roberts appeared nonplused and, according to sources in the meeting, answered after a long pause that he would probably have to recuse himself."
I guess Judge Roberts let down his guard for a minute and lost his stealth.
Who got next?
(I owe someone a hat tip but I can't remember who, I think I may have found this link at Daily Kos but I'm clueless as to exactly where)